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NOV 2016

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com November 2016 25 Colorado Springs. The Scott Hall Field of Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit organi- zation with a goal of having the first phase complete by the end of 2017 or early 2018. Phase I includes two quads of baseball dia- monds, totaling eight fields, as well as four full-sized sports fields that could be used for football, soccer and lacrosse. DELAWARE Two Major Sports Complexes Planned For Delaware KENT COUNTY — In the next 18 months, two new sports complexes are set to open in Delaware that are designed not only to support local leagues but also bring in tournaments from throughout the country. The nonprofit complex, known as The DE Turf Sports Complex (formally the Kent County Regional Sports Complex), will be an 85-acre, state-of-the-art multipur- pose sports complex featuring 12 synthetic turf fields with sports lighting and score- boards, centered by a 1,500-seat stadium. The fields will surround an indoor field house complex with restrooms, concession stands, office space, locker rooms and a multipurpose room. The Turf is expected to host 10 regional tournaments. Also in the works is the privately owned Delaware Sports Complex, a 170-acre sports park with 15 full-size fields for soccer, lacrosse or field hockey and 16 baseball diamonds. Also planned is a 160,000-square-foot indoor facility with a World Cup-size field and three hard courts. FLORIDA Frank Brown Park Sports New Improvements PANAMA CITY BEACH — The Frank Brown Park underwent a major $4 million renovation managed by The Sports Force and reopened for play last year. Its nine baseball and softball fields boast new features such as brick backstops and accent pieces, new dugouts, an improved layout and rustproof fencing, as well as a new concession building and restrooms. Panama City Beach Sports Village Project Moving Forward PANAMA CITY BEACH — The Panama City Beach sports village being planned may have up to 15 multipurpose fields and could be completed as soon as July 2017. Plans for the 210-acre site also include a multifac- eted special event center, sporting grounds and possibly a rowing center featuring a boat-ramp launch. The project allows for construction in phases based on funding. The new sports complex is expected to be open for spring ball in February 2018. GEORGIA Atlanta United Training Complex Nears Completion ATLANTA—The Atlanta United Training Complex is building a $60-million "world- class" training complex on Franklin Gate- way in Cobb County. Construction on the 30,000-square foot center will be completed by April 2017. The six fields —three grass and three artificial — are scheduled to be finished by January 2017. BMX track at Wild Horse Creek Park Opens COBB COUNTY—A newly-constructed BMX track at Wild Horse Creek Park has been completed. This new track is longer and updated. Construction was completed ahead of schedule to allow the Cobb Coun- ty BMX Association to host the Georgia State BMX competition at the new facility. A new concession/restroom/storage build- ing was built making the facility one of the top in the nation for BMX racing. Cobb has been host to the Dixieland BMX nationals for more than 17 consecutive years. SyntheticTurf Fields for Cobb County COBB COUNTY —Cobb County is con- verting eight rectangle fields from natural grass to synthetic turf. They are: • HubertSoccer Complex – 4 fields • MudCreek Soccer Complex – 3 fields • TerrellMill Park – 1 field Tennis Expansion Complete In Columbus COLUMBUS — Three local entities, the Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA), Columbus State University and the City of Columbus, came together to complete a $9.2 million expansion at the Cooper Creek Tennis Center. The new center includes 12 hard courts, nine clay ► Special Feature: NEW & RENOVATED SPORTS VENUES Youth Baseball Fields Get Renovated A major development regarding new and renovated amateur sports venues came with the Spring 2016 announcement of a joint venture between Major League Baseball and Scotts, MLB's official lawn-care company, to refurbish youth base- ball fields across the country as part of its Play Ball program. The program will renovate six fields a year in six Major League markets. The various MLB teams will participate in choosing which local fields receive makeovers and some have already been providing baseball equipment as part of the program as well. Tom Conley Park in Ladson, SC, and College Point Fields in Queens, NY, are two of the ball fields that have already received restorative attention . n Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach, FL

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